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Meet Otto: Winnipeg Airport Utilizing First Autonomous Snowplow in North America

Meet Otto: Winnipeg Airport Utilizing First Autonomous Snowplow in North America

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Otto, North America’s first autonomous snowplow, operates at Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport on Thursday, March 14, 2019. (CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — They call it “Otto” and it’s leading the way to ensure runways at Winnipeg’s Richardson International Airport remain clear of snow.

The made-in-Manitoba technology is behind North America’s first autonomous snowplow, which the airport has been piloting since the fall. On Thursday, it was ready for its big reveal to see it in action.

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Southeast Manitoba Under Snowfall Warning with 10-20 CM Possible

Southeast Manitoba Under Snowfall Warning with 10-20 CM Possible

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A person walks a dog as heavy snow falls in Vancouver, on February 10, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

A weekend bout of late winter snow could make travel tricky in southeastern Manitoba as a Colorado low makes its way into the province.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for parts of the southeast, forecasting 10-20 centimetres of snow beginning Saturday morning and ending late Saturday night.

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There Wasn’t an App for That? Environment Canada Launches Its Own Weather App

There Wasn’t an App for That? Environment Canada Launches Its Own Weather App

By The Canadian Press

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A person walks a dog as heavy snow falls in Vancouver, on February 10, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

OTTAWA — Environment Canada is going mobile.

The federal agency launched its first ever weather app for iPhone and Android this week, including a new high-resolution radar option so amateur meteorologists can guess exactly when the next rain storm or blizzard is going to hit their backyard.

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Frigid Winnipeg: Does One of the Planet’s Coldest Big Cities Need Warming Centre?

Frigid Winnipeg: Does One of the Planet’s Coldest Big Cities Need Warming Centre?

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Peter Oyeniyi (left), a van outreach worker in the Salvation Army Extreme Environment Response Vehicle, assists a man to put gloves on his frozen hands as they drive around Winnipeg streets and assists people who are suffering under the extreme temperatures in the early hours of Saturday morning, February 2, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — In a city where winter can be almost guaranteed to bring temperatures below -30 C, saving homeless people and other vulnerable persons from severe frostbite or even death is a complex project.

It relies on a lot of goodwill and elbow grease from Winnipeg’s non-profit groups and, despite efforts, street people still often need to shuffle between spots to find somewhere warm to stay at certain times of day.

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